Access to SEDN data
SEDN wants its data to be used. That is why we collect it. You do not have to pay for it because, as taxpayers and citizens, you have already paid for it and it is only fair that it should be yours by right. Ecological consultants are welcome to use the data, as are researchers, conservationists, planners and citizens groups. Our only restrictions are that we do not permit the data to be sold on as raw data; users need to be aware that they may not trespass on private land to see a rare species; and anyone using the data must acknowledge the source of the records (both SEDN and the recorder/recording group). Treat the data as intellectual property.
Understanding SEDN’s data
We have a master database in Excel format. It contains some 900,000 records (as of February 2017). This database sits in a Dropbox folder where it is available to all the Steering Group, funders and contributors to SEDN. If you need access to our central database, then please get in touch.
For normal purposes, you can access a simplified version of our data from the Dropbox folder linked below. This gives you the species, status, monad, year, site and recorder. To use the spreadsheet, filter for the monads (1 km squares) for the area you want, and you will see the data you need.
To make any analysis easier, you can also filter for the axiophytes (or axions in the animals database) to get the more important species - but note that this is a guideline only. For many species groups we don’t have full lists of important species yet, so you will have to look at the entire list to be sure you are not missing anything.
>> SEDN Data Dropbox Folder
You can also find our data on the NBN Atlas and Shropshire Wildlife Trust will provide maps and reports for a fee (about £100 per search). This facility is often used by ecological consultants.
>> Our Flora Database has a few glitches still, but the important task of selecting all records for a site is possible and many people find that handy: follow this link.
>> Many of our reports are available on the map of site-based reports.
>> Or you can contact us or the Tsars to ask questions. Very few people can make any sense of a list of scientific names, so we are happy to provide interpretation if that helps.